While most film studios dream of a $60 million opening, that’s just second-week leftovers for the folks at Sony/Columbia and Marvel Studios. Despite a 60% drop in attendance from its record $151 million domestic opening, Spider-Man 3 held tight at No.1 with approximately $50 million separating it from it’s nearest competitor, Fox Atomic’s pseudo-zombie thriller 28 Weeks Later. Spidey’s venom also remained potent overseas, where it dominated by raking in an estimated $85.5 million in 105 markets, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Just two weeks out of the gate, Spider-Man 3 has grossed around $621 million worldwide, squashing any doubts that there will be a fourth installment. Even if director Sam Raimi and stars Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst call it quits and move on to other roles, Marvel and Sony will undoubtedly keep spinning new webs as long as the catch is good.
28 Weeks Later scared up an estimated $10 million to debut in second place. The sequel performed fairly well, considering the competition and the fact that it was released in about half as many theaters as Spider-Man 3. Backed by positive reviews, the tale of survival set in a London besieged by people infected with a rage virus was there to catch a good chunk of the young male demographic that had already slung through New York City with Peter Parker the week prior. Aiding in the cause were some scary visual effects by Rainmaker, Prime Focus, The Senate VFX, The Mill, Animal Logic, Rising Sun Pictures, Rushes and Framestore CFC.
For the estrogen set, the generational drama Georgia Rule from Universal provided a fairly popular alternative to comic-book heroes and crazed flesh eaters. Starring Lindsay Lohan, Felicity Huffman and Jane Fonda, the pic managed to hit No. 3 with around $5.8 million, pushing the Paramount/DreamWorks hit Disturbia down to fourth place in its fifth week.
Rounding out the top five with approximately $3.5 million is the Lions Gate Films comedy Delta Farce, starring Larry the Cable Guy. Meanwhile, while fellow newcomer The Ex, starring Zach Braff and Jason Bateman, grossed around $1.3 million to debut at No. 12. Showing a lack of confidence on the part of MGM and the Weinstein Co., the relationship comedy was released in just over 1,000 theaters with minimal marketing. That won’t be a problem for DreamWorks Animation’s Shrek the Third, which arrives in theaters this Friday with every intention of claiming the box-office crown.